Weight Loss

Bodywork techniques really enhance the results of your fat/cellulite detox

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Choose 2-3 of the following techniques: 10-minute daily cellulite exercises work: They support a slim subcutaneous fat layer, increase circulation, maintain underlying tissue integrity. Do them all each day for 10 minutes. 1. Standing arm swings 50 count both arms. 2. 100 tummy sucks. 3. 100 torso twists. 4. Wall pushups with each arm and both arms. 5. Standing leg circles, 50 each leg. 6. Weight lifting that focuses on the lower body helps develop the muscles in the hips and thighs. 7. Deep breathing moves out lymph congestion that shows as cellulite (one reason why yoga and pilates are so effective).

Dry brushing: Fatty wastes can get trapped beneath the skin’s surface easily (especially in women) when the liver or lymphatic systems are sluggish. Use a natural bristle brush—brush vigorously in a rotary motion and massage every part of your body in this order: feet and legs, hands and arms, back and abdomen, chest and neck. Five to fifteen minutes is the average time.

Rub-on cellulite-fighting essential oils: Antioxidant oils rosemary and thyme. Peppermint oil increases metabolism. Juniper stimulates circulation. Or, try Cellulite gel (with a hint of cayenne for an extra flushing boost).

Massage: Have a massage therapy treatment at the beginning and end of your cleanse to move excess fluid wastes and unattached fats into elimination systems, and to stimulate skin circulation. You can also do light massage work on your cellulitic areas yourself with good results.

Bathe away toxins: Try a Hot Seaweed Bath; or a sea salt bath: add 1 cup Dead Sea salts, 1 cup Epsom salts, ½ cup regular sea salt and ¼ baking soda to a tub; swish in 3 drops lavender oil, 2 geranium drops  oil, 2 drops sandalwood oil and 1 drop neroli oil.

-Sarah

Favorite Summer Healthy Healing Recipes!

Sprouts Plus

A light snack rich in vitamin K, beta carotene. Diuretic properties for cellulite release.

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1 tub alfalfa sprouts

2 cups carrot, grated 1 cup celery, minced 3 pinches lemon zest

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Makes 2 servings.

Grilled Prawns with Veggies and Sesame Sauce

Healthy grilling- A delicious light summer dinner.

½ cup sesame seeds ½ cup sake or sherry 2 tbsp. tamari 1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil 1 lb. prawns, shelled and butterflied 8 green onions, sliced 4 small zucchini, sliced 8 fresh shiitake mushrooms 3 tbsp. olive oil 4 tbsp. white wine 1 tbsp. honey juice of 1 lemon 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced pinch paprika pinch garlic powder

Dry roast sesame seeds in a pan until golden. Set aside. Make the marinade: combine the sake, tamari and sesame oil. Use half to marinate the prawns, and the other half to marinate the onions, zucchini and mushrooms. Allow to marinate for at least an hour in the refrigerator. Grill prawns over high heat until just opaque but still tender. Then grill vegetables until seared and tender. Baste twice. Remove from heat immediately. Put prawns and veggies on a platter and keep warm. Make the Sesame Sauce:  in a blender, combine the toasted sesame seeds, olive oil, white wine, honey, lemon juice, ginger, paprika, garlic powder. Drizzle over prawns and veggies. Makes 4 servings.

Tropical Fruit Platter with Strawberry Sauce

Have fruit instead of a traditional dessert.

2 cups strawberries, chopped 1 tbsp. honey 2 tbsp. orange juice 1 large pineapple, peeled, cored, quartered lengthwise, and cut crosswise into ¼" slices 1 large ripe papaya, peeled, quartered, and cut into ¼" slices 6 medium kiwi, peeled, and cut into thin slices extra whole strawberries

In a blender, mix the chopped strawberries, honey and orange juice. Set aside. On a large platter, overlap slices of each fruit. Drizzle strawberry sauce over fruit. Garnish with whole strawberries. Cut each berry into 5 slices from tip to base, (but not all the way through) and flare slightly. Makes 12 servings.

The Blood Type Diet: Is It Right for You?

Followers often say it is the only thing that worked for them, but is there any real evidence that the Blood Type diet is any better than other fad diets out there?

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Here is the theory: each blood type has a different set of characteristics. Different foods, even different exercise regimens are appropriate based on your blood type. Even your personality is thought to be affected by blood type.

According to Peter D’Adamo, the author of Eat Right For Your Type, lectins in foods react differently to each blood type. Your specific blood type antigens may be incompatible with certain foods. His theory is based largely on the evolutionary theory of blood types by William Boyd, an immuno-chemist and anthropologist.

D’Adamo believes blood type O is the earliest blood group originating 30,000 years ago. He suggests type O’s are “the hunter” and do well on a high protein diet with more meat. They are prone to thyroid issues, benefit from adding bladderwrack (an easily gathered shoreline seaweed) in the diet, and supplementing with DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) to counteract excess body acid production. According to the diet, “hunters” should avoid wheat, dairy, caffeine and alcohol.

Blood type A is considered “the cultivator” dating back 20,000 years ago. D’Adamo recommends a plant based diet with whole grains and vegetables comprising the majority of the diet. They do best with organic foods, a low stress lifestyle, plenty of rest and moderate exercise like tai chi.  It is suggested they avoid excess protein from meat and fat in the diet, and limit sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Note: the coauthor for this book followed the blood type diet for A’s and found it helpful.  For people who want to try it, transition into your correct blood type diet slowly over a period of weeks so as to not shock your system.

Blood type B is thought to be “the nomadic” blood type arriving 10,000 years ago with a more flexible digestive system and better immune system. They adapt well to different environments and altitude changes. They perform best with mentally challenging exercise like martial arts, hiking or golf. According to this diet, type B’s should avoid chicken because it contains an aggravating lectin that could lead to higher risk for stroke and autoimmune disease. Further, B’s are the only type that does well with dairy products.

Blood type AB, found in less than 5% of the population, is the most recently evolved type, arriving less than 1,000 years ago. It is the only blood type created by the intermingling of different blood types rather than by the environment. Type AB’s do well with a diet comprising the best elements of both diets for A and B. They should avoid smoked or cured meats, caffeine, alcohol and high stress. Instead, they should focus on fermented soy foods, seafood, and green vegetables.

What Do The Experts Say?

There is little scientific evidence that any of the Eat Right For Your Type dietary recommendations work for disease prevention. In fact, some studies suggest that lectins, which are specific for a particular ABO blood type aren’t even found in foods, other than a few exceptions like lima beans. Lectins which react differently to blood types are found more often in non-food plants or animals. Still, D’Adamo suggests that his diet is more about the foods you do eat versus what you avoid.

There are a few disease risks linked to blood type. Gastritis is somewhat more prevalent in type A’s and O’s (which incidentally make up about 80% of the world’s population). Anemia and diabetes are more prevalent in type A’s or B’s. A 2009 study suggests pancreatic cancer may be more common in type A and B’s. Research shows disease-carrying insects seem to prefer Type O blood.

I believe in a plant based diet for everyone, not just type A’s for overall health. See the diets on this website and in my book Diets for Healthy Healing.

What Do The Followers Say?

The Blood Type diet has a strong community of support. An internet survey with over 6500 respondents (conducted by D’Adamo’s website) reports that people following the Blood Type Diet for a month or more in a variety of health concerns, had improvement in 71-78% of cases. Most commonly, respondents reported weight loss. Note: Since each blood type diet eliminates specific problem groups of foods, like grains, dairy, meat and fish, the weight loss result is not surprising.

D’Adamo’s newest work is titled The Genotype Diet and expands upon his blood type diet theory to include more information on identifying your personal genotype and how it reacts with your environment to either create health or disease.

Learn a lot more about the blood type diet on www.4yourtype.com.

Brown Rice Cleanse

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A brown rice cleanse is especially useful for dropping a few quick pounds, and it’s a great way to transition from an unhealthy diet into a better diet. A brown rice cleanse is based on macrobiotic principles for body balance. It’s cleansing, yet filling. You don’t feel like you’re on a cleanse at all, yet it does the trick. It’s a diet that uses rice as a nutrient building food, and vegetables and vegetable juices as concentrated cleansing supplements. A brown rice cleanse is high in potassium, natural iodine, and other minerals, so most people notice improvement in their hair, skin texture and nail growth A brown rice diet is the best cleansing diet for colder times of the year. Brown rice adds a building, warming factor to a cleanse, making your meals more satisfying, ensuring that you get plenty of fiber and minerals. It’s an effective option to a juice cleanse and much easier to fit into your lifestyle.

Almost everybody loses some weight during this cleanse. Many people experience a 2 to 5 pound weight drop. Most people notice an improvement in vitality and energy levels right away, too. People with heart problems regularly notice a more stable heartbeat and better circulation. A fiber-rich cleansing diet with sea veggies, that eliminates meat and dairy protein, almost invariably lowers the risk of cardiovascular problems.

Is your body showing signs that a brown rice cleanse would help you?

—Is your immune response low?

—Do you feel like you need to clear cobwebs from your brain? Are you feeling logy and out-of-sorts?

—Do you need to lose about 10 pounds?

7-Day Brown Rice Detox Plan

The night before your brown rice cleanse....

A green leafy salad for dinner sweeps your bowels.

The next day....

—On rising: take a glass of 2 fresh squeezed lemons, 1 tbsp. maple syrup and 8-oz. of pure water.

—Breakfast: have an energy green drink: 6 carrots, 1 beet, 8 spinach leaves and ¼ cup fresh parsley.

—Mid-morning: take a cup Cleansing & Purifying tea or burdock tea.

—Lunch: have a veggie juice like Super V-7: 2 carrots, 2 tomatoes, a handful of spinach leaves and parsley, 2 celery ribs, ½ cucumber, ½ green bell pepper. Add 1 tbsp. green superfood, like spirulina or chlorella.

—Mid-afternoon: have a glass of carrot juice.

—Dinner: have steamed brown rice and mixed steamed vegetables. Sprinkle with sea veggies like dulse or kelp, easily purchased in flakes or granules. Use 1 tbsp. flax or olive oil, and 1 tbsp. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.

—Before Bed: have a cup of herbal tea such as peppermint, spearmint or chamomile.

—The next 6 days: have 2 to 3 glasses of mixed vegetable juices throughout the day. Don’t eat any solid food during the day. Have steamed brown rice and mixed vegetables for an early dinner each evening.

.7-day brown rice cleanse supplement suggestions: Choose 2 or 3 cleansing boosters.

…Cleansing boosters: Herbal laxatives like cascara sagrada and senna support waste elimination.

…Cleansing teas: Green Tea Cleanser or Cleansing & Purifying tea, both gentle enough to take on a daily basis.

…Enzymes, a detox’s best friend: Dr. Enzyme with Protease & Bromelain.

Diet Therapies Support Healthy Blood Sugar

Start with diet improvements. Do NOT skip meals. Most diabetics should eat 6 mini-meals a day, especially if they’re on insulin therapy. Ask your doctor

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  • Avoid highly processed foods permanently (they’re usually laden with hidden sugars), and all sweeteners.
  • Focus on a largely plant-based, fresh food diet for complex carbohydrates that don’t require much insulin for metabolism.
  • Make sure you are getting enough high quality protein from fish, beans and green superfoods like barley grass, spirulina and chlorella.
  • Boost your fiber intake from vegetables and whole grains like oats and brown rice to stabilize blood sugar swings.
  • Keep fat intake low, no more than 15% of total calories, to support better heart and weight management. But boost essential fatty acids (EFA's) from seafood (especially salmon), sea greens and evening primrose oil. EFA's promote healthy metabolism and high energy, and improve circulation.
  • Morning aloe vera helps balance those blood sugar swings, too. One tsp. in water daily also enhances liver health, critical.
  • Diabetics need more chromium, an essential trace mineral needed for glucose tolerance and sugar regulation. Add more chromium-rich foods to your diet, like nutritional yeast, onions and garlic and wheat germ. Supplement chromium (500 to 1000 mcg. daily) if you like, to enhance benefits.
  • A new study in the British Medical Journal in 1998 finds that diabetic patients who control their blood pressure cut their risk for heart disease by up to one half. Eat more potassium-rich foods like bananas broccoli and sea vegetables to help keep blood pressure under control and keep plaque from sticking to artery walls.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Healthy Breakfast Foods- Healthy Diet Plan

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The importance of having a good breakfast cannot be overstated, but a new survey shows about half of all families skip breakfasts together, even on the weekends. The right morning foods can do so much for you. Breakfast stabilizes morning blood sugar drops, provides sustainable energy, improves concentration and work or academic performance. Studies show that people who skip breakfast are actually more likely to have weight problems than those who don’t skip it. They also have slower reaction times and are more accident-prone. Children who skip breakfast experience have even more problems! They experience more hyperactivity, irritability, are tardy more often and create more classroom disruptions than kids who don’t. Incorporating Healing Herbs into Your Breakfast

Oatmeal: A very traditional herbal breakfast food. Oats are rich in calcium and magnesium for nervous system balance, and very high in fiber for healthy digestion. Top with roasted nuts for extra protein and a little honey or cinnamon. Serve with fresh or dried fruit and or yogurt for a healthy breakfast meal. Sometimes tolerated by gluten sensitive persons. ( In its natural form, oats are a gluten-free food, but today they are sometimes cross contaminated with wheat in the manufacturing process.)

Slippery elm gruel: When digestion is weak, a slippery elm gruel is often tolerated when no other foods are. Buy in bulk and heat with a little warm water on the stovetop as you would oatmeal. Slippery elm is incredible rich in mucilagenous fiber which soothes and heals an irritated digestive tract. It’s a good choice for recovery from stomach flu or other digestive disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Add a little ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil for healthy fats. Gluten-free.

Quinoa: A good source of complete protein, fiber, essential fats and complex carbohydrates, quinoa may be one of the most neglected breakfast grains. Top with almond or rice milk and blueberries, sliced apples or raisins for tasty herbal breakfast. Gluten-free.

Healing herbal soup: Soup for breakfast? Why not? Soup is a great place to add antibacterial herbs like onion or garlic,  circulation stimulating spices like ginger or cayenne, and medicinal  mushrooms like maitake, shiitake or tremella. I use a miso base, but fish stock will also work well. A herbal breakfast soup is especially good for an immune boost in the wintertime or during a bout with a cold or flu. Add a piece of licorice or burdock root, or astragalus bark for extra immune benefits.

A healthy breakfast drink can be so much more than simple refreshment. If the body is weakened by illness or chemotherapy treatments, healing drinks are sometimes the only way for the body to take in nutrition. Drinks are also wonderful places to add whole herbs like ginger, cinnamon, aloe vera, or bitter herbs like gentian that help your body heal faster.

Did you know? In energetic systems of medicine like Traditional Chinese Medicine, how you take a drink is important. Cold drinks help your body cool down and relieve “heat” imbalances like fever, herpes infections and acne. Hot drinks warm you up and reduce “cold” imbalances like diarrhea, fatigue syndromes and severe menstrual cramps.

-Sarah

Thermogenesis is critical to weight loss after 40.

Thermogenesis is about fat burning. About 75% of the calories you eat work to keep you alive and support your resting metabolic rate. The rest are stored as white fat, or burned up by brown adipose tissue, (BAT), your fat-burning factory. Brown fat is the body’s chief regulator of thermogenesis, so the more active your brown fat is, the easier it is to maintain a desirable weight. Dieters who rely solely on restricting their calorie intake usually end up disappointed, because extreme calorie restriction lowers the rate of thermogenesis. Your body actually burns less fat than it did before you started dieting. People who yo-yo on and off low calorie diets have even more problems. When a yo-yo dieter begins to increase calorie intake after dieting, their metabolic rate does not return to pre-diet levels, so they store more calories as fat than they did before they started!

Middle-aged spread means you’re not burning enough calories after you eat. Everybody increases metabolism after eating, but the amounts of heat (thermogenesis) vary widely. Lean people experience a 40% increase in heat production after a meal. Overweight people may have only an increase of 10%. Obesity occurs primarily when brown fat isn’t working properly, only a little thermogenesis takes place, and the body deals with the excess calories by storing them as fat. During mid-life years, starting in our early 40s, a genetic timer shuts down the thermogenic mechanism. Turning this timer back on is the secret to re-activating thermogenesis and a more youthful metabolism.

Here’s how brown fat works to stimulate thermogenesis: A protein, called uncoupling protein, breaks down, or uncouples, the train of biochemical events that the cells use to turn calories into energy. Brown fat cells continue to convert calories into heat as long as they are stimulated, and as long as there is white fat for them to work on. Brown fat activity is also self-perpetuating, because it energizes more uncoupling proteins, produces more brown fat cells, and results in substantially more excess calories being burned off as heat through thermogenesis.

Research into the genetics of obesity shows that some people are not born with enough brown fat. People who eat lightly but still can’t lose weight, gain more weight in middle age because the little brown fat they did have is reduced even further. Thermogenesis research demonstrates that it is possible to reverse this aberration. Thermogenic herbs have been successful at reactivating brown fat in middle age. They can increase calorie burning without additional diet changes or exercise, although these things offer added benefits.

1. Thermogenic herbs increase blood flow to lean muscle tissue, so it works faster and longer.

2. Thermogenic herbs suppress appetite. You eat less with less effort.

3. The longer you take thermogenic herb formulas, the more effective they tend to become, because they help your body produce enough thermogenic activity to make a difference.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

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Is Low Metabolism and Thyroid the Cause of your Weight Problems?

Signs to look for:

  • great, unrelenting fatigue, especially in the middle of the day.
  • weak muscles; slow heart rate; high LDL “bad” cholesterol levels
  • hormonal imbalances (like PMS, delayed or absent menstruation, or unusually heavy menstruation)
  • bloating, gas and indigestion immediately after eating.
  • unexplained weight gain or obesity, with frequent constipation and bloating
  • appearance of goiter (swelling of the thyroid gland) with low selenium levels;
  • chronic fungal infection of finger and toenails
  • unexplained hair loss in women, often accompanied by breast fibroids.
  • puffy face and eyelids; dull, dry hair; dry, itchy skin; easily broken nails.
  • unusual sensitivity to cold, especially hands, feet and ears; yellowish color on hands and feet;
  • swollen scalloped tongue; swollen ankles; poor circulation in the fingers and toes
  • unusual depression, with markedly reduced libido and poor immune response;
  • poor memory and concentration, unexplained mood swings and changes in personality.

You can increase thyroid activity, naturally: The thyroid needs iodine to produce its hormones. An imbalanced thyroid causes excess estrogen production with many problems for women. Herbal iodine sources offer helpful support without side effects.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

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Healthy Healing Article: Weight Control For Kids

America’s children are becoming an overweight generation…Today 1 in 3 U.S. children is substantially overweight or obese. America’s adults are paying more attention to their diets, but statistics show that U.S. kids are the biggest they’ve ever been. Childhood obesity has doubled in just the past two decades! It’s now the most prevalent but preventable nutritional disease in the U.S. T.V. food advertising especially targets kids with an ever widening array of chemical-laced, genetically altered foods, and junky foods with too much fat, salt, sugar and calories. Some kids eat out of a box most of the time! U.S. schools have dropped the ball for children’s health, too, offering kids more fatty, nutrient-starved meals and less physical exercise.  Our high tech age saturates today’s kids with computers, T.V.’s, cell phones and video games - but much less active playtime, exercise and outdoor play than any previous generation. P.E. classes in U.S. schools, most sports and many extra-curricular activities have been dropped, and our kids are paying the price. Most kids attend only 1 or 2 physical education classes a week. Forty percent of boys 6-12 can’t even touch their toes; American girls actually run slower today than they did 10 years ago. P.E. teachers have been reassigned to other classes in seventy-five percent of U.S. schools. Today’s kids watch up to 28 hours of TV a week. By the time U.S. kids reach their senior high school year, they’ve spent over 3 years of their lives watching TV.

Even more alarming, heart disease is now traceable to early childhood. U.S. doctors are discovering that many American teens (even some 3 year olds) already have fatty deposits on their coronary arteries. And, type 2 diabetes is increasingly being diagnosed in overweight kids. Today’s kids rely on junky snack foods. Children are rewarded with food for good behavior or denied food for punishment from an early age. As they grow older, kids tend to continue that cycle by rewarding themselves with salty, sugary, fatty snacks, soft drinks, and nitrate-loaded lunch meats before parents even come home from work.

Overweight children face early degenerative diseases, low self-Esteem, depression and rejection by peers. Getting weight problems under control at an early age is critical for later health. If a child’s extra weight hangs on through teenage years, there’s a 77% likelihood they will be overweight as adults. But, crash diets aren’t the answer.  Changing the focus to health, to having a fit body instead of a thin body can make all the difference in managing weight. Kids need mineral-rich building foods, fiber-rich energy foods, and protein-rich growth foods. A light detox can start a good weight control program for an overweight child, who usually has toxic overload from too many chemicalized foods. A gentle detox normalizes body chemistry.

My JUNK FOOD DETOX for KIDS is a 3 day diet. Avoid highly processed, junky foods, red meats and dairy foods, except yogurt during this detox. On rising: give the child citrus juice with 1 teaspoon of acidophilus liquid, or a glass of lemon juice and water with honey or maple syrup. Breakfast: offer the child fresh fruits, especially apples, pineapple, papaya or oranges. Add vanilla yogurt or rice milk if desired. Mid-morning: give the child fresh carrot juice. Add ¼ tsp. ascorbate vitamin C or Ester C crystals to neutralize body toxins. Lunch: give the child fresh raw crunchy veggies with a yogurt dip; or a fresh veggie salad with lemon/oil or yogurt dressing. Mid-afternoon: offer a refreshing herb tea, such as licorice or peppermint tea with honey. Dinner: give a fresh salad, with avocados, carrots, kiwi, romaine and other high vitamin A foods; and/or a cup of miso soup or other clear broth soup. Before bed: offer a relaxing herb tea, like chamomile tea. Add ¼ tsp. vitamin C or Ester C crystals; or a cup of Miso broth for strength.

Once the light detox is over, begin a healthy diet. Breakfast is a key for weight loss for kids. A high fiber breakfast cuts a child’s calories by up to 200 calories a day and holds appetite until lunchtime. Add fresh plant, enzyme-rich foods to the child’s daily diet.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Weight loss after 40 through healthy detoxification!

Even though Americans are still looking for the “miracle magic bullet” for slimness, everyone is slowly realizing that a good diet has to be front and center for health and body tone. Long term weight control is always the result of a sound nutritious eating plan and regular exercise, rather than a try at the latest fad diet. One of the great advantages of achieving weight loss through a cleansing program is the extra energy you feel from the fresh juices, superfoods, herb teas and healing broths. Most weight loss diets have little nutrition to offer so they leave you feeling tired and lifeless. In the end, even if you lose weight, your body feels so deprived that it starts ravenous cravings for foods that put the weight right back on.  A cleanse is one of the best ways to jump start a new health program. Unhealthy fats, like saturated fats in meats and dairy foods, trans-fats like those in many dairy foods, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils like those in margarine, shortening and many snack foods, and oxidized fats, like those in all fried foods, collect into excess body fat. Sugary foods and highly processed foods (like fast foods) are so devoid of digestive enzymes that they end up collecting as excess fat, too. Further, if you are congested, your body tries to dump its metabolic wastes to get them out of the way — one of the places that receives metabolic wastes is excess fat.

A 2-3 week Detox Diet for Weight Loss

Making a healing diet change and losing excess weight is one of the best things you can do for your health. The rewards are high - a longer, healthier life - and control of your life.

On rising: Squeeze 2 lemons in a glass of water, and drink for a quick liver flush.

Breakfast: Have a poached or baked egg with bran muffins or whole grain toast with ghee or a healthy jam; or have low fat yogurt and some whole grain cereal.; or Try a healthy meal replacement shake.

Mid-morning: Have a green veggie drink, or natural V-8 juice or peppermint tea; or a cup of miso soup with sea greens snipped on top; or crunchy raw veggies with yogurt cheese dip.

Lunch: Have fresh leafy green salad with a lemon/oil or yogurt dressing with baked tofu; or miso soup, with steamed veggies and a light sauce.

Mid-afternoon: Have a bottle of mineral water, or a cup of peppermint tea, or apple or cranberry juice; or have a superfood drink like Energy Green.

Dinner: Have a stir-fry with lots of greens, onions, mushrooms, with clear soup and brown rice; or baked/broiled fish or seafood with some steamed veggies, brown rice or millet.

Evening snack: Have some un-buttered spicy popcorn. It’s good for you and its airiness will fill you up and keep you from wanting heavier or “habit” foods.

Bodywork techniques accelerate and round out your cleanse

Daily exercise releases fat from cells. A brisk walk burns calories and cuts cravings. An outdoor walk in winter raises low serotonin levels. Exercise early in the day raises metabolism as much as 25%! Exercising before breakfast helps the body dip into its fat stores for quick energy and curbs the munchies all day. Even if eating habits just slightly change, you can still lose weight with a brisk hour’s walk or 15 minutes of aerobic exercise.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

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Weight Loss Success After the Holidays

During the holidays, most of us overindulge in sweets. Sugar cravings are the downfall of many well meaning dieters. I know from experience that once you start binging on sugary foods, it's hard to stop. Overeating sugar can lead to serious consequences. Further, sugar raises insulin levels too much, your body’s signal to make fat, bad news for weight loss. Do you need to control sugar cravings?

  • Do you binge on junk foods, especially fatty and sugary foods?

  • Do you eat all of your calories at one meal?

  • Do you have second and third helpings at a meal but still feel hungry?

  • Do you experience a wired feeling that is only relieved by eating sweets?

  • Are you easily frustrated, and moody with frequent crying spells?

If you answered yes to 3 of the 5 questions above, then a sugar craver's weight loss program may be right for you. First, add 2 apples to your diet every day for stabilizing fiber. Second, drink more water to get over diet plateaus. Dehydration slows resting metabolic rate (RMR) and can cause waste products like ketones to build up.

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For the best results, use sugar sparingly, on special occasions for longevity and better health.

To Lifelong health,

Linda Page

Menopause- Taking Control Of Your Life Change

By 2015, almost half of all American women will be in menopause. Will the temperature of the planet rise from all the hot flashes?! Menopause is intended by Nature to be a gradual reduction of estrogen by the ovaries with few side effects. In a well-nourished, vibrant woman, the adrenals and other glands pick up the job of estrogen secretion to keep her active and attractive after menopause. While almost 90% of women experience some menopausal body changes and hormonal fluctuations, most only last a year or two and are not severe enough to interrupt their lives. Still, our modern stressful lifestyles and poor eating habits mean that many women reach their menopausal years with prematurely worn out adrenals and poor liver function where estrogen is not being processed correctly, so hormone fluctuations are magnified. Hormone Replacement Therapy

There’s a firestorm of controversy about synthetic hormone replacement. Premarin, an estrogen replacement drug for menopausal women made from pregnant mare’s urine, is one of the top selling drugs in the U.S.  The threat of breast and uterine cancer is dramatically increased with HRT, and the risk increases as a woman ages. In an action that received wide media attention, U.S. government scientists halted a July 2002 study on hormone replacement because it was such a threat to the participants’ health. Increased risk of invasive breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs) were all cited as reasons for halting the study. The drugs being tested included Premarin, Prempro and Provera. In hopeful news, some research finds that the higher risk for breast cancer diminishes, even largely disappears when a woman is off HRT treatment for five years.

What’s The HRT Connection To Osteoporosis?

HRT is still strongly promoted for osteoporosis prevention. Many menopausal women are so afraid of osteoporosis that with a little coaxing from their physicians they begin taking hormone drugs right away. Of those, about 60% discontinue the therapy because of side effects or fear of cancer! There is no question that hormones are involved in bone-building and bone loss, but declining estrogen levels after menopause do not by themselves cause osteoporosis. Although some studies show estrogen inhibits bone cell death, the newest tests reveal that as many as 15% of women on estrogen therapy continue to lose bone! Moreover, estrogen isn’t the only hormone involved in bone building. The hormone progesterone actually increases bone density in clinical tests. Low androgen levels of DHEA and testosterone also play a role in bone loss.

All About BHRT (Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy)

With celebrity endorsements from Suzanne Somers and Oprah Winfrey, today bioidentical hormones are an incredibly popular approach to relieve menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats and low libido. One reason is bioidentical hormones avoid high doses of estrogen common to conventional HRT drugs like Prempro. Early research suggests they may even be safer with less breast/uterine cancer risk than traditional drugs. Common side effects like weight gain and mood swings are often reduced, too.

How Are Bioidentical Hormones Unique?

Bioidentical hormones are synthesized from plant sources and are chemically identical to what is produced in the body. Estradiol, estrone, estriol, DHEA, progesterone and testosterone are all available. Some bioidenticals are FDA approved and sold in a standardized dosage. However, most are produced on a case-by-case basis. Your physician tests your blood or saliva in order  (sometimes at different times of day) to develop the formula for you to reach a targeted level of hormones. A compounding pharmacist then produces a customized hormone Rx in the exact proportions that your body needs.

Menopause The Natural Way

80 percent of postmenopausal women in the U.S. do not use any form of HRT at all! Beyond increased cancer risk, HRT can have many unpleasant side effects. Women taking hormone drugs report weight gain (especially fatty deposits on the hips and thighs), heavy bleeding (worse than former menstrual periods), PMS-like pain, severe leg cramps, migraine headaches, uterine and breast fibroids, and low libido.

Unless you have specific, extenuating circumstances (only about 6% of American women do), a natural menopause may be the best. Even women who don’t have a symptom-free menopause say they feel younger and more energetic when they address menopausal changes, naturally. If you are about to be confronted with the great HRT choice, consider carefully before you agree. Symptoms that accompany menopause are due to the body’s difficulty in adapting to its new hormone functions. Many are positively influenced with natural approaches like whole herb formulas and bodywork therapies. If you’re experiencing a hormone roller coaster, with hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness and low libido, check out my newest book release, Healthy Healing 14th Edition for much more information on the natural way to “keep the change!”

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Revitalizing Liver Health

Your liver may be the last thing you’re thinking about right now, but the truth is your life depends on your liver. More than any other organ, the liver enables us to benefit from the food we eat.  The liver is really a wonderful chemical plant that converts everything we eat, breathe and absorb through the skin into life-sustaining substances. Did you know that the health of your liver is related to your immune strength? The liver is responsible for more than 1500 functions that directly maintain your immune system. It produces interferon, the body’s natural germ killer, which activates white blood cells that destroy and eliminate disease-causing toxins. It’s also intricately involved with hormone balance because it’s the liver’s job to metabolize hormone excesses that lead to disease.

Since the Standard American Diet (SAD) is high in calories, fats, sugars, and alcohol, with unknown amounts of toxic substances from preservatives, pesticides and nitrates, almost everyone has some degree of liver stress.

Look for the following liver exhaustion signs and symptoms: unexplained fatigue, depression; a distended stomach even if the rest of the body is thin; frequent colds and flu; dark circles under the eyes; food and chemical sensitivities; PMS. Anemia, large bruise patches, and jaundiced skin can indicate severe liver exhaustion.

A gentle Liver Detox can revitalize liver health. Sluggish digestion and fatigue usually improve right away. You may notice fewer instances of swollen glands and infections during the cold and flu season. Weight and cellulite control difficulties are often reduced as built-up toxins are released. In many cases, the skin and eyes actually become more radiant!

To Life-long Health,

Linda Page

Is a Gluten-Free Lifestyle Right For You?

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Food allergies and gluten sensitivities are one of the fastest growing forms of allergic reactions in the U.S. today. Well over 35 million Americans suffer from food allergies. The numbers of people who suffer from sensitivities to wheat or gluten-containing products are even higher. Over time and left untreated, gluten allergies can lead to chronic problems like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (I.B.S.), Crohn’s disease and Celiac disease. Most ancient civilizations enjoyed whole grains as a regular part of their daily diet. Is the human body today that different? What’s really causing today’s gluten sensitivity problem? It often develops in aging populations today, people who often have low digestive enzymes and Hcl, and who eat a large amount of pre-prepared and refined foods, and are regularly taking an overload of prescription and over-the counter drugs that damage the digestive tract.

Do You Have Signs Of A Wheat Or Gluten Sensitivity? •    Itchy, watery eyes or blurred vision, hives •    Diarrhea, gas and constipation, nausea or mental fuzziness after eating •    Heart palpitations and sweating, muscle weakness or poor coordination, headaches •    Ringing in the ears, chronic ear infections and congestion •    Excessively swollen stomach, unexplained obesity •    Hypothyroidism and/or hypoglycemia •    Hyperactivity, irritability and flushing in children

What’s Causing The Grain Allergy Epidemic?

1.  Heavily Treated, Overly Refined Grains: Wheat is one of the primary grains consumed in America, but today’s wheat crops are heavily sprayed with pesticides, a major suspect in food allergies and reactions. In addition, the majority of whole grain products you purchase at the grocery store are made with “enriched” flour which has been refined and bleached, a process which strips it of 80% of its vitamins and minerals. Four nutrients (iron, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin) are added back, but are in synthetic forms that are less usable by the body. Then, a host of additives, preservatives, colorings and sugars are added, contributing to the chemical overload. Most commercial wheat products are difficult for even the strongest digestive system to process over a long period of time.

2.  Low Hcl (hydrochloric acid), Drug Side Effects and Enzyme Deficiency: Hcl is a stomach acid necessary for proper digestion. Hcl decreases with age; One study showed that 80% of people at 84 years old had low Hcl. Pepsin, an enzyme required to break down protein for digestion, is activated by Hcl. Further, antacids which neutralize stomach HCL (Hydrochloric acid), vital for digestion, also disrupt normal processes. The use of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) is a common thread in digestive disorders because of their clear link to ulcers and bleeding in the GI tract. Low digestive enzymes from a lack of raw foods is common today and can lead to poor digestion, too. Over time, the effects of undigested or partially digested food in the gut can be devastating. The gut wall becomes more permeable and undigested proteins begin leaking out into the bloodstream. The immune system sees the protein particles as invaders, causing inflammation and the food allergy response. Gluten proteins (found in wheat) are especially difficult to process and are a main factor in the development of Celiac disease, a type of malabsorption that causes severe intestinal problems, and Candida yeast overgrowth. People often combine high gluten grains with heavy proteins in meat or high sugar in fruit. This combination further impairs healthy digestion. Just adding more enzymes from raw foods or supplements is a great way to get wheat sensitivities and poor digestion under control. A 1995 Italian study shows supplementing with pancreatic enzymes enhances the benefits of a gluten-free diet for Celiac patients. See my whole chapter on “Enzyme Rich Foods,” on pg. 102 of my new book Healthy Healing 14th Edition for more information.

What’s Left After You Eliminate Wheat From Your Diet? Eliminating wheat or gluten may seem like an impossible task, but there are many healthy options to ease the transition. Look for wheat-free and gluten-free choices at your health food store. Pasta (I like vegetable pastas made with quinoa or rice), cereal (hot and cold), whole grain flours, breads and snackfoods are all available.

Try these options: rice (red, brown, wild, risotto), amaranth, corn, millet, oats (not tolerated by all celiacs), and quinoa. Legumes like chickpea (hummus), lentils and split peas (dal) make hearty side dishes with none of the risk of wheat or gluten. Rice breads are a tasty option for a wheat free sandwich. They’re a little crumbly, but are often sweetened with fruit juice to enhance flavor, and usually well accepted by gluten intolerant people.

Note 1: Ancient grains like spelt and kamut can be enjoyed by 70% of people allergic to commercial wheat, but neither is good choice for a person with true celiac disease (gluten allergy).

Note 2: Soba noodles made from 100% buckwheat are another good choice. Still, many processed soba foods contain gluten and are not a good choice for people with true celiac disease (gluten allergy).

Note 3: While not as nutritious as the grains listed above, people with gluten sensitivity can sometimes tolerate tapioca and potato starch. Take a small amount to see - you’ll know right away if they’re OK for you.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page